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Photo Gifts (Part Eight)

These are some more magnets that I made. They're a little more time consuming than the wedding favor tin ones, but they're really cute when they're finished.

Photo Magnets
Approximate Cost: About $4 for a set of 8
Time to Create: 1 1/2 hours total


• 1" - 2" Wooden Tiles (I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can find them almost anywhere in the unfinished wood part of the craft store/section.)
• Wallet Size Photos (Before I printed my photos, I actually cropped them to the 1.25" size of the wood pieces.)
• Paper Cutter
• Adhesive-Backed Magnets
• Black (or any color!) Spray Paint
• Mod Podge (I used the gloss-lustre.)
• Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer


1. Spray paint the wooden tiles. Pay special attention to the edges - they're pretty much all that will be seen. I used two coats of spray paint.

2. Cut the photos down to the appropriate size for your wooden pieces.

3. Using a small paint brush, apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to the tile, then place the photo on the tile. Take special care to smooth out any air pockets and make sure the photo is properly centered on the tile.

3. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge over the photo.

4. Wait 15-20 minutes, then apply another generous coat of Mod Podge over the photo. (The first coat of Mod Podge will still be wet and appear white - don't worry!) Wait another 15-20 minutes and apply another generous coat of Mod Podge. Repeat until you have applied 3-4 coats.

6. Apply the clear acrylic sealer. I got the kind that only takes 10 minutes to dry, and I applied 5 coats of sealer. If you don't apply the sealer, pieces of dust, hair, etc. will stick to the Mod Podge and make the surface ugly.

7. After the acrylic sealer dries, simply adhere the magnet to the back of the little wooden tile.


*Jane Lee* said...

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Jeni said...

Love your creative gift ideas...especially the magnets! Thanks for sharing!

BTW...Heather sent me from

busickhall said...

This is awesome. I made 2x2 pictures of my kids for use on their Valentines at school and I bought two extras of each kid with the intention to turn them into magnets for grandparents. I just hadn't figured out how I was going to do it yet. Your tutorial has come along at exactly the right moment! Thank you.

Christina Lee said...

How would you recommend printing the photos? Did you have them printed at a photo printer or did you use at at home printer?
I love this idea! I think I know what I'm going to do for my Christmas gift exchange for my family..we have a rule of homemade gifts..this one will be great!